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What is the Nova Program?
What is the difference between a Nova and Supernova Award?
What is a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?
How do I find a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?
How do I request the STEM Van?
Can I mentor my own child?
The Nova Program is a new BSA
initiative that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts an
opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for
their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help
them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace.
Our council is preparing itself to implement these initiatives. The Nova
program incorporates and expands upon existing loops, pins, and badges.
The NOVA award is a distinctive
pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic
completed by the youth, up to three pins.
The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar
Award Programand is designed to encourage and
recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The basic requirements include
earning certain Academic Pins for Cub Scouts, Activity Badges for Webelos
and Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, plus complete additional, more rigorous STEM
related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent
achievement and teaching activities. The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck
an adult who helps scouts earn a Nova patch or pin. A counselor can oversee
many youth and needs no STEM experience.
is an adult who has some experience in STEM because the Supernova projects are
more in depth.
Contact your District STEM Coordinator.
Go to this link STEM
District Coordinator List and scroll down to District STEM
Coordinator table. If your district does not have a coordinator
listed, contact your District Executive or Advancement Chair.
The STEM van is currently only
supplementing existing events. Please e-mail your
STEM Coordinator or District Executive to request the van to attend your
event. The curriculum for the van and the supplies are currently under
construction. The van will be available at the beginning of next year to travel
to district events. A minimum of 25 youth must be in attendance. There will be
a variety of activities to choose from. A request form will be available online
along with a calendar of availability. A small fee may be associated with a van
visit. We look forward to visiting you!
You may be a counselor for your
child if there is a group of scouts, but you cannot be a mentor for your scout.